by Vladimir Bestic, a writer currently blogging about best Bluetooth headsets
Nowadays, when everything is developing extremely fast, it’s really hard for some technologies to stay new for a long time. In my view, however, the quickest and the simplest way to communicate is still very definitely via Bluetooth. With Bluetooth, users are able to connect any two devices they want together. That could be: – a mobile phone with a laptop; two mobile phones; or a mobile phone with a smartphone accessory such as a headset. If someone needs to connect a mobile phone with headset, then a Bluetooth headset is the best choice.
A Bluetooth headset contains the requisite earphones and a microphone in just one product.
Indeed, Bluetooth headsets are widely used by people all around the world. There are many types, styles and brands on market, so everyone can find the product suitable for them.
A Bluetooth headset isn’t very expensive and it definitely makes life easier.
For example, if someone wants to talk on the mobile and do something on the computer at the same time, or if a person needs to do something but still use their hands while talking on the phone, then a Bluetooth headset is the answer.
There is also a full stereo headsets for those who want to listen to music and dance. In some way, it makes life safer.
When it’s used by someone who drives a car, then he or she mustn’t talk on the phone while driving, unless he or she uses handsfree.
The down side to the Bluetooth headset is short battery life. Normal batteries lasts for only three to four hours of talk time, and those which last up to ten hours are much more expensive.
The popularity of Bluetooth headset has gradually decreased since 2006, but it’s still very popular today. I firmly believe that its popularity increased when Plantronics introduced the M100.
Below is a graph showing the popularity trend for Bluetooth headset from 2006 till 2013 taken from Google Trends.
And here is the interest by the country: -
Unfortunately, like every other wireless technology and Bluetooth has some range.
Theoretically, the maximum range of Bluetooth technology is 33 feet, but that is very hard to accomplish.
Most of the headphones have ranges of around 10, 15 feet, but there are some which can go up to 20 feet without static disturbance.
Walls or any other physical barriers can also shorten its range. This problem doesn’t exist in some other Wi-fi technologies.
For example Wi-Fi Direct claims to operate at a range of up to 200 meters.
From a bandwidth perspective, Wi-Fi Direct operates at 250 Mbit/s. Bluetooth 3.0, the current version, only runs at a maximum of about 25 Mbit/s.
Bluetooth 4.0 is due out later this year , but its major feature deals only with power consumption.
It’s expected the data transfer rate in Bluetooth 4.0 will be similar to Bluetooth 3.0.
The big question is whether Wi-fi Direct will ultimately mark the end of Bluetooth?
Analysts agree that while this may be a likely outcome, it won’t happen anytime soon. Manufacturers are expected to build devices with both technologies for the foreseeable future.
Vladimir is blogger, freelancer and currently attending faculty of organisation sciences in Belgrade. He’s interested in technology and internet. In his newest blog, www.bestbluetoothheadsethq.com he offers a Bluetooth headset buyers’ guide.